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Where the money goes

You always talk about all the things that are 'free' in Europe. You do realize it is not free don't you? Maybe the person taking advantage of the good or service doesn't have to pay, but somehow, somewhere, somebody's income has been decreasd to pay for all this "free" stuff.

America in not Europe or Scandinavia. What you want to force in a complete change of culture and that is not going to happen. To a certain extent we are our own worst enemies.

Levi is correct. We jail the petty thieves and elect the really good ones to office. Once politics became a full time job America's fate started to slip. Then along comes lobbyists with loads of cash and now every person in D.C. is bought and paid for and Americans are shut out of the deal.

November 15, 2010 at 9:52 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

Lottery audit finds problems in first fiscal year

If you cannot provide documentation for travel expenditures, you cannot be reimbursed for them.

Hold on, this commission will be as out of control as the AG&FC very soon. Passailaigue and his cronies already believe they are smarter than us dumb Arkies and he also believes he has the power to do pretty much as he wishes. Looks like so far he has been right.

mybuddy seems to have it right. The Lottery Commission already appears to be more for the commission and the big wigs running it than for the real purpose it was set up.

November 12, 2010 at 1:22 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

British government plans major welfare overhaul

If a person is willing to work for a living they are not parasites. If they are not, then parasite is a kind word for them.

Before you go into a tizzy, I said 'willing' and not 'able.' There are those that are willing but not able. I am talking about the opposite.

Yes, gainful employment would hopefully garner some self-respect. However, respect and self respect must be earned, not just given. Huh, just like money.

November 12, 2010 at 1:16 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

British government plans major welfare overhaul

You read into things what you want to read. I never said anyone that loses their job a "parasite." Could be me by the end of the day. Who knows. Someone that loses their job, or never had one to begin with, and chooses to live on welfare instead of working is a parasite. It goes beyond the small monetary stipend each month. Many of these receive free government housing, food stamps, etc. So they are the recipients of much more than the few dollars a month. I can't speak for the British system, but I'm srue it is somewhat similar.

But you are correct. I think if you want welfare but are able bodied, you should work for it. Not to mention some may learn a marketable skill they can use for higher pay in the future.

While I don't know a thing about "Welfare queens who drove to the welfare office in to pick up their checks in their Cadillacs" anyone that does not believe the system has way too many on it that don't belong you are either stupid or naïve.

November 12, 2010 at 11:17 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

British government plans major welfare overhaul

You don't have to look real hard when the government will recharge your debit card every week, bi-weekly, or monthly. Hey, I've got no problem with the government paying people who are out of private sector work. However, they should not get paid for doing nothing. I'm sure the government is paying for janitorial, landscaping, and other services these people could be doing until they can find another job.

I can hear it now, "But they won't have time to find another job if they have to show up and work for their welfare." Hmm, seems to be a sticky situation of sorts. If you let them do nothing, many become accustomed to doing nothing. If you make them work other job opportunities might be missed by some.. However, if you make them work for their money it will motivate some to get better jobs because they know they are going to have to work for it in one way or another.

As Matt put it, we will never rid ourselves of the parasites. However, we should be actively pursuing programs that minimizes the number of parasites we are supporting. Parasites have the propensity to multiply until they kill their host unless kept in check.

November 12, 2010 at 8:25 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

LR neighborhood concerned over cat-nappings

Why are there leash laws for dogs but everyone seems to think it's perfectly O.K. to let their cats roam free? If you love your animal you need to keep it on your property. Animal control is worthless when it comes to cats because they know that very few will be adopted at the shelter. I have stray cat problems all the time and there is zero help from any shelters or law enforcement. If I wanted cat crap in my landscaping and scratches on my cars from them climbing on them I'd have my own cats. Not to mention two years in a row the mockingbirds in my trees lost their young to the free range kitties around my place.

I challenge all of you: What should a person do? Let their own property be overrun with unwanted animals? Do you let mice take over your house or do you get rid of them?

November 8, 2010 at 3:51 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Clinton’s clout fading?

In a close race, Clinton still has the clout to get the job done. However, this election cycle a majority of voters saw his coming as just what it was: patronizing. He may be loosing some of his horsepower due to the fact he's not really an Arkansan anymore. Also, he is seen as not really in a position to "help" anyone out in Arkansas so many don't buy into his speal.

He's still got his charisma and charm, it just doesn't shine as brightly.

November 5, 2010 at 9:35 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

Griffin prevails in 2nd District

You don't know as much as you think you do. I have a sister in law that doesn't pay income taxes because she qualifies for the IRS sponsored welfare of earned income credit. She gets back more than she pays in.

I have in law relatives that are no more disabled than I but don't have to lift a finger thanks to the "system." I have also known others that claim disabilities yet worked out every day in the same gym that I did.

Just exactly who have I "stomped all over?" If you are trying to equate average citizens writing opinion pieces to the ADG to the president of the United States referring to American citizens as "enemies" of any sort it just goes to show you have a problem with descerning who carries the greater level of responsibility. A president should not refer to any section of American society as an "enemy." Once that claim is made who is to say someone doesn't decide that all "enemies" of the state need to be dealt with?

And no, I'm not a black helicopter, tin foil hat kind of person either. However, people in power have manipulated masses of people numerous times throughout history to achieve their own ends.

November 4, 2010 at 3:29 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Win’s size surprises Boozman

I certainly hope Mr. Boozeman realizes what got him his new job. It was a lot less him and a whole lot the person he is replacing.

Despite what anyone would like to believe you lead by example. Our president has basically said "Let them eat cake." He reminds me of a rock star that cannot be seen without his entourage. Problem is, the American working and paying taxes is the one holding the bill once the party is over. To add insult to injury, they weren't even invited.

How many families could $200 million per day help out?

November 4, 2010 at 12:37 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Griffin prevails in 2nd District

Try to sugar coat it all you want, but you have a very good case of coastal superiority complex. Say what you want, California is broke. Despite its "economic engine" someone has forgotten the periodic maintenance and the engine cannot keep up with the load.

Trust me, I know all too well about Arkanas and the Federal handout dollars that come into this state. When someone in Washington finally decides to get tough on the lazy no accounts who have signed up for the free ride this country might get itself on track.

Don't take that last statement as a broad brush generalization but everyone knows someone ripping off social security, medicare, medicade, etc. Since we don't all know the same people the problem is chronic. Also, don't tell me to turn them in because I have and nothing was done about it.

November 4, 2010 at 10:22 a.m. ( | suggest removal )